Rocklhoma, the epitome of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Rock, makes May a loud month for Oklahoma.

Located in Northeast Oklahoma, just outside of Tulsa is the town of Pryor and home to World’s Loudest Month event, Rocklahoma. Every year over Memorial Day weekend, tens of thousands of people flock to Pryor to take in the three-day music festival that started in 2007. With four stages and 100 bands, Rocklahoma 2015 had something for everyone including headliners Godsmack, Slayer, Linkin Park, Tesla and Breaking Benjamin.

The unofficial theme at Rocklahoma this year was wet and muddy as the rain pretty much never stopped. Main gates opened Friday to an already saturated festival grounds, Mudlahoma 2015 had officially kicked off.

All three days of Rocklahoma were packed full of great bands. Friday started the festivities off rocking the Retrospective Records Stage, the Hard Rock Stage and the Main Stage. We Are Harlot, officially got the party started with other acts like the Butcher Babies and In This Moment following shortly after. Crowd favorite Papa Roach set the tone for the rest of the night with their high energy set and were followed up by Nonpoint, Slayer, Ministry and Friday night’s headliner, Godsmack.

Right out of the gate Saturday was Candelbox getting the crowd fired up and in the Rock n’ Roll mood. Up next was The Pretty Reckless, Crobot and Starset. Another crowd favorite, Anthrax, tore up the stage only to be cut short due to lightning. After a short delay, Anthrax came back out and finished up their set. Halestorm played to a full house. Energy was high following the completion of the Halestorm set, that’s when the storms moved in.

Around 9pm we were alerted to the possibility of tornadoes on the ground 45-minutes away and torrential rains were heading towards us. Rocklahoma decided it was in the best interest of the festival attendees to shut the show down and wait out the storm. Soon after, it was clear that this storm wasn’t going to blow over so the difficult choice was made to cancel Volbeat, Scott Weiland and headliner Linkin Park. It was a bummer for everyone including the bands, however due to the situation it was understandable.

We were unsure if Sunday wouldn’t get canceled as well so after checking the weather we made the decision that it was in our best interest to pack up and head home. We have attended Rocklahoma for the past six years, even though it was disappointing to miss almost half of this year’s set list, we still had a great time. The hard working people that put on Rocklahoma did an awesome job again this year. I was looking forward to all of the bands that we didn’t get to see but this is the first year that we have been rained out, half of a show out of six isn’t bad.

Images by Kelly Henshaw, John Thornbrugh and Casey Drahota

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About The Author

From the first time Casey played one of his mom's old records on her pioneer turntable, he knew what he wanted to be, a rock star. Everything changed after seeing his first concert, Def Leopard back in the 80's. It is one thing to listen to a great song on the radio, but to see a great performer on stage performing that same song is what he loves. His life long passion for live music has intersected with a more recent passion of photography to once again change everything by introducing him to the world of concert photography. Getting a great shot of an amazing performance and seeing the reactions to a photograph can be exhilarating. Being a concert photographer can be chaotic, exciting, high energy, obstacle ridden, right in the mix place to be while trying to concentrate on getting great band interaction and emotion.

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